Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the main suspects in the Mumbai attacks, on Wednesday challenged his two-day physical remand in a kidnapping case.
A magistrate on Tuesday remanded Lakhvi in police custody for two days after registration of a second First Information Report (FIR) at the Golra Police station against the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a day after the Islamabad High Court ordered his release.
Investigation officer (IO) Mohammad Arshad on Wednesday informed Additional and Sessions judge Zeba Chaudhry that Lakhvi was accused of kidnapping Anwar Khan six years ago.
Lakhvi’s counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi maintained that the second FIR was fake and registered with mala fide intention against his client on the pressure of India. However, Prosecutor Muhammad Tayyab opposed the plea.
During the course of hearing, when the judge asked the IO about the presence of the plaintiff, Muhammad Dawood, he claimed that notice was sent to him, but he did not receive it. He sought time to produce him before the court. After tea break the officer informed the court that Dawood could not be reached. The judge observed that the matter was sensitive and she cannot decide it without hearing the complainant’s point of view.
The court asked the IO to produce the complainant on Thursday. The complainant had claimed that his brother-in -law was kidnapped by Lakhvi six years back.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2014.
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